Corrie’s Memories of Christmases Past

Corrie's Christmas Memories

Corrie Ten Boom Christmas story

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Corrie ten Boom
was the youngest daughter of a Dutch watchmaker. She learned the trade, never married and worked alongside her aging father, Casper, in Haarlem.

The Christian faith of the ten Boom family was a living faith. Corrie’s sister, Betsie, never married due to poor health. Corrie herself was jilted when she was a young woman, and stayed single the rest of her life.

She and Betsie used their spare time teaching Sunday School and ministering God’s love to the mentally challenged.

A basic element of their love for Jesus was a love for his chosen people.

During World War II, the Nazis invaded their tiny country. When Holland’s Jews were being rounded up, murdered or sent away, the ten Booms created a special place in their home to hide them, at great peril to themselves.

Eventually all the members of the family were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Corrie’s sister Betsie and her 90 year-old father perished.

In spite of all the persecution and evil treatment she suffered, she was one of the best known examples of the Christian faith in the 20th century.

Miss ten Boom shared her story in “The Hiding Place“.

The excerpt above is from Corrie’ Christmas Memories, c. 1976, Fleming H. Revell.

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4 responses to “Corrie’s Memories of Christmases Past

  1. Joe

    When I think about the life of Corrie Tenboom and then think about the popular teachings about prosperity which is rampant in American Christianity, I have to just shake my head in shame that we have let the practice of our faith fall to this low level. Whereas, for centuries past, Christians have sought to live life simply and without striving for the ungodly mammon, the current teaching is that we are all supposed to be wealthy and full of robust health. In fact, if a person is sick or poor, it is perceived as a sign of sin, or at least a sign of little faith in that person’s life.

    This pernicious and seductive teaching is an ugly repackaging of the doctrine common among the Pharisees of Jesus’ time. They held that, if a person was following God, then they would have all the wealth they needed (not poor at least) and would not be sick, since sickness was from Satan. Jesus directly and openly refuted this teaching when they asked him about the blind man, “…Who sinned; this man or his parents?”

    The Evil One never gives up and never quits using strategies against the Children of the Kingdom that he has found to be successful. And this one will almost always work. That is, he dangles things in the eyes of those that are saved that appeal to the fundamental drives of the lower nature (sex, money, health, fame, praise…etc.) usually couching the offer in a sugared coating of respectability…even Godliness. This just feels good to us and our minds cooperate with the tempter to convince the higher faculties that to accept (even strive for) the thing is a good, even Godly, thing.

    In this way, the enemy of our souls distracts and nullifies the effectiveness of a great majority of God’s children. If He can’t get them into open sin which has dire physical, mental, emotional or societal consequences, he will settle for just spoiling their witness for Jesus and/or convincing the Child of God that they are lost or doomed. He loves it if he can cultivate a full blown case of depression which can destroy almost everything good in the life of a Saint of God.

    He goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We must be watchful to avoid the careful plans which he has laid for our destruction and pay more attention to what people like Corri Tenboom have to say than what these lightweight “Blab it & Grab it” televangelists are harking.

  2. I read this book many years ago. Then when I was at the Holocaust Museum in DC last year, I bought another copy so that I can read it again. She was just such a wonderful example to all Christians of how to live their lives no matter what the circumstances.

    • After I finished the Hiding Place a few weeks ago, I began reading “A Prisoner and yet…”. I think it was the first book she wrote and it has more detail about the concentration camps and is more difficult to read for me. I keep putting it down and picking it back up.

      You have my respect for going to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. I’ve read quite a few biographies and autobiographies about the Holocaust, but I don’t know if I could stand seeing the displays.

      Just seeing the pile of shoes would probably get to me, because I think that would make it personal and real.

      Someone recently told me there’s a Holocaust museum in Dallas. Perhaps I could go to that one.

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